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Winners of Comic-Con Exclusives Contest Announced

August 11, 2008

Congratulations to our five Comic-Con Exclusives winners: Richard Norwood, Arlene Wilson, Michael E. Wiggam, Sean Kleefeld, and Alan Vratkovich! Each of you will be receiving an ink variant (limited to 500) and a pencil sketch variant (limited to 250) of the double-size finale of Dan Dare issue #7 featuring a Dave Gibbons wrap-around cover, as well as Grant Morrison’s MBX Sketchbook (limited to 1,000) , which features art and script excerpts from the upcoming Virgin Comics/Perspective Studios animated series.

Thanks to all those who entered, and keep an eye out for more contests in the near future. If you’d like to purchase or view the SDCC exclusives, please visit our Virgin Comics store.

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Comic-Con Exclusives Contest!

August 4, 2008

Missed out on this year’s San Diego Comic-Con? Overcome with grief that you couldn’t be there to purchase one of our three Comic-Con exclusives?

Well, perk up your shoulders and keep your head afloat because we still have a few left over from the Con! Be one of the first five to email win@virgincomics.com with the subject “Comic-Con Exclusives” and win: an ink variant (limited to 500) and a pencil sketch variant (limited to 250) of the double-size finale of Dan Dare (issue #7) featuring a Dave Gibbons wrap-around cover, as well as Grant Morrison’s MBX Sketchbook (limited to 1,000) , which features art and script excerpts from the upcoming Virgin Comics/Perspective Studios animated series.

Winners will be notified through email. Be sure to include your mailing address in the body of the email. Open to international residents.

If you’re feeling unlucky and would instead like to purchase the Con exclusives directly, please visit our online store.

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Virgin Comics’ Comic-Con Panels

July 29, 2008

San Diego Comic-Con has come and gone, and what a blast it was! If you couldn’t make the trek, fear not: you can still savor the best of our Virgin Comics panels.

Comic Book Resources has posted a terrific overview of “The Spirit of the Superhero” panel, where comic legend and writer of the new Virgin Comics/Perspective Studios animated series, MBX, Grant Morrison riffed with bestselling author and Virgin Comics Chief Visionary Deepak Chopra about the palliative role of superheroes in uncertain times. Both notables drew parallels between popular comic book characters, like Superman and Batman, and spiritual icons, like Buddha and Jesus:

“Superman’s a secular, sci-fi attempt to create a picture of the higher being.” But, said Morrison, in Superman “we have made something that is capable of saving us.” Until Superman, Morrison pointed out, heroes were all soldiers or cowboys. Superman was something vastly different. And “Superman is a symbol from the 20th century that speaks to the 21st century,” he said. Not only is he physically and mentally superior, but “Superman has the compassion of the Buddha,” said Morrison.

The connection between Superman, Batman, Buddha, and Jesus, according to Chopra, is thematic: “The theme is redemption. And resurrection. And death.” “In order to get yourself to a higher level of existence,” he said, “you have to let something die.” Chopra went on to explain the inherent duality in all life–citing the final scene in Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight” as an example of how all things need their opposite. “If you had only creativity and evolution, you would have no universe,” he said. “If you had only destructive forces, the universe would dissipate into a black hole.” Chopra clarified, “you need the tension between the two forces.”

“Jesus is the redeemer,” he added. “So is Buddha.” He said the message of the superhero is “keep winning, but don’t win.” The struggle is everything.

To read the full article click here. To learn more about Buddha, the comic book adaptation of Deepak Chopra’s New York Times bestseller, go here.

After you’re done reading about the spirit of the superhero, be sure to watch the panel featuring Stan Lee and Grant Morrison:

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Summit Entertainment Rakes Up THE LEAVES

July 29, 2008

Virgin Comics’ new one-shot, The Leaves, has been raked up and bagged for a feature film adaptation by Summit Entertainment. The supernatural action-thriller tells the story of Max Mellick, a NY surgeon who, at a friend’s funeral in India, is told by a seer that he will bring about the end of the world. In a desperate search for answers, Max goes on the run; but can he, let alone any man, outrun fate? You’ll have to read to find out!

The Leaves was written by Kevin J. Walsh, who will also pen the screenplay. Virgin Comics’ CEO Sharad Devarajan and Creative Director Gotham Chopra will produce. Look for this exciting thriller soon on our Virgin Comics Store.

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Deepak: The Happiness Guru?

July 21, 2008

Undoubtedly, we live in trying times: a war in Iraq, a tubing economy, energy woes left and right, and a crumbling spiritual infrastructure. Seeking consolation, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart tracked down bestselling author and Virgin Comics’ Chief Visionary, Deepak Chopra, for words of wisdom. After recently duking it out with Guru Pitka of The Love Guru, Deepak goes toe-to-toe with happiness guru, J.P. “Gus” Godsey, author of “How to Be Happy Everyday”. It’s the mythological and spiritual teachings of the past versus ice cream trucks… what makes you happy?

To watch the video, click here.

To hear more from Deepak, be sure to visit our YouTube site for a series of interviews with Deepak about Virgin Comics and the exciting titles he’s helped create. We’ve provided a sample clip below. Enjoy!

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SCI FI Channel Racks Up Emmy Nominations

July 17, 2008

The Emmy nominations were announced this morning, and we’re thrilled that our friends at SCI FI Channel walked away with 16 nominations for Tin Man, Battlestar Galactica and Stargate Atlantis! Very exciting!! The full list of nominations can be found here. We’re looking forward to the day that we can post an Emmy nomination for The Stranded . But until it hits the airwaves on SCI FI Channel (a two hour pilot in development as we speak, written by Mike Carey), you can stay up to date with the comic book series. Issue #5 is in stores now, and the trade paperback is due out later this month, but you can pre-order it now.

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Be A Real Nowhere Man Contest

July 17, 2008

To celebrate the release of this fall’s new sci-fi/action series Nowhere Man, we’re launching our Be A Real Nowhere Man Contest where we’re giving five lucky winners the chance to be a real Nowhere Man and get drawn into an issue!! Not only will you get yourself immortalized in comic book history, but creators Hugh Jackman, Marc Guggenheim and Paul Gulacy will sign the issue in which you appear. Ten runners-up will receive a copy of Nowhere Man #1 signed by Hugh Jackman.

Will you be a government agent? A bad-ass assassin? You’ll have to enter to find out!